Ese Mrabure-Ajufo
Ottawa Redblacks
Born: (1992-12-05) December 5, 1992 (age 28)
North York, Ontario, Canada
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)Defensive lineman
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight265[1] lb (120 kg)
UniversityWilfrid Laurier
High schoolOur Lady of Mount Carmel
CFL draft2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Drafted byBC Lions
Career history
As player
2015BC Lions
20162017Saskatchewan Roughriders
20182019Calgary Stampeders
2021–presentOttawa Redblacks
Career stats

Ese Mrabure-Ajufo (born December 5, 1992) is a Canadian football defensive lineman for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted 5th overall in the 2015 CFL Draft by the BC Lions and played one season for the team before his release in 2016. He played CIS football at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Early career

Mrabure-Ajufo played high school football in his senior year at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School.[2][3] From 2011 to 2014, he played university football for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. He recorded 50 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery.[4] He was an OUA second-team all-star in his senior year.[5] In 2014, Mrabure-Ajufo was invited to the East-West Bowl. During the East-West Bowl combine, he received the best scores in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and broad jump among defensive lineman.[6]

Professional career

BC Lions

Mrabure-Ajufo was drafted in the first round of the 2015 CFL Draft by the BC Lions with the fifth overall pick, despite being projected as a second round pick by the Canadian Football League Scouting Bureau.[7][8] He made his CFL debut on July 4, 2015 against the Ottawa Redblacks, where he registered one special teams tackle.[9] Mrabure-Ajufo was released on June 19, 2016.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

On June 26, 2016, Mrabure-Ajufo signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[10] In two seasons, he played in 32 regular season games where he had 38 defensive tackles and three quarterback sacks.

Calgary Stampeders

On February 13, 2018, Mrabure-Ajufo signed with the Calgary Stampeders on the first day of free agency. He played in 11 regular season games in 2018 where he had four defensive tackles and two sacks. He was on the injured list when the Stampeders won the 106th Grey Cup championship. He played in only two games in 2019 as he was on the injured list for the other 16 games that season. He became a free agent in 2020, but did not play due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season.[11]

Ottawa Redblacks

On January 15, 2021, Coleman signed with the Ottawa Redblacks.[12]


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  2. ^ "The boys are back in town". The Cord. September 4, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Ese Mrabure-Ajufo". BC Lions. Archived from the original on July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Ese Mrabure-Ajufo". Golden Hawk Athletics. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  5. ^ "OUA announces 2014 Football All-Stars". OUA. November 12, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "Forde: A growing trend". TSN. March 28, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  7. ^ Beamish, Mike (May 13, 2015). "Lions surprise with top pick Ese Mrabure-Ajufo at CFL draft". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  8. ^ "CFL Scouting Bureau: Spring Rankings". TSN. April 24, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Wallace, Lisa (July 4, 2015). "Burris leads Redblacks over Lions 27–16". Cambridge Times. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  10. ^ Riders make roster moves – June 26th
  11. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  12. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved February 11, 2021.